This weekend on #TastyTakeovers we tag along with Jeremy and Adrian, also known as The Food Gays. The duo’s feed is filled with colorful pictures of healthy recipes and lifestyle inspiration that has earned them over 19,000 followers on Instagram. Check out their Q&A below!
Name/Instagram Handle: Adrian and Jeremy of @foodgays
Yahoo Food: Tell us a bit about yourself!
Adrian and Jeremy: Jeremy and I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, with our 7 year old dog, Milo. We started The Food Gays about three years ago, which features our colorful recipes, dine-out adventures, travel, and lifestyle finds. Jeremy is a pastry school graduate and works as a baker, and together we recently launched our own Social Media business.
Jeremy and Adrian launched the The Food Gays back in 2012 sharing healthy and delicious recipes.
What first got you interested in food and photography? Where do you draw inspiration from?
After blogging for a couple of years, we really had the desire to improve our photography and styling skills, but didn’t quite know where to start. We would see all these amazing photos on Instagram and blogs, and wonder ‘how did they do that?’ We were kind of determined to figure out how it worked, and once we started picking it all apart, it became understandable. In terms of inspiration, we find it from things all around us; usually the natural beauty that the ingredients have all on their own.
How do you take your photos (with a camera or phone)? What are your favorite photo editing tools and/or tips for taking exceptional food photos? Give us the scoop!
We shoot with a Nikon D7100 primarily, and usually our iPhone 6+ when we’re dining out. For editing, we use Adobe Lightroom, and maybe some Photoshop if needed to clean up any minor issues. We’ll usually use some type of VSCO filter, as well as do some extra sharpening and saturation in Instagram before posting.
Who are three of your favorite Instagrammers? What do you like about them?
There’s so many, we discover new people everyday and that’s something we love so much about the platform. Some faves include Traci @vanillaandbean, who’s always got something tasty and beautiful going on. Our pal Gabriel @artfuldesperado — his feed is basically gorgeous food styling, personified. Oh and of course our boys over at @probably_this, Beau and Matt, who are super talented and make us laugh, too.
What do you enjoy about Instagram compared to other online communities?
Besides the visual aspect, we’d say it’s the amazing users who are so supportive of each other. It’s a genuine community of likeminded people, and it’s so cool to see all the talent out there, and being able to share that with each other so freely.
Yogurt, chia, and granola served with raspberry jam and nasturtiums. (Photo: Instagram/foodgays)
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?
If you could throw a dream dinner party for any three people—living or dead—who would they be and what would you cook for them?
Charcuterie spread with local apricots, berries, cherries, and Canadian prosciutto. (Photo: Instagram/foodgays)
What’s the best dish you’ve ever made or the dish that you’re known for?
Our signature dish is a chorizo and mushroom pilaf, with lots of fresh herbs. It’s a simple straightforward meal, but is packed with great flavors and is very satisfying.
What does the new food revolution mean to you?
It’s about making healthy lifestyle choices, and being responsible for what we put into our bodies. We aren’t perfect, and do enjoy junk food - but we try to keep everything in moderation.
And last but not least—what’s your favorite food (if you had to pick one)?
Pizza is hands down our favorite meal. We usually make it at home, but we are lucky that Vancouver also has some pretty great restaurants.
An everything pizza topped with mint, prosciutto, and edible flowers. (Photo: Instagram/Foodgays)
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